Plaza Pride Newsletter

Working together to engage, challenge, inspire and grow.

9/25/2020

Message from the principal

Hello Tiger Nation!


I just wanted to take a moment to say that it is my privilege to continue to serve you. We are well underway at Plaza both virtually and in the hybrid modality. Fall sports, activities, and intramurals are going strong and we are proud of the PRIDE each individual Tiger has shown.


We have begun NWEA testing as well as settling into our Wednesday-to-Wednesday instructional chunking routine. While technology may often be a boon, it can also present challenges and frustration.


I would ask that if you continue to experience issues to please reach out to us. Contact your students Life Ed. teacher, content teacher, or technology department. We would love to address your issues and get them resolved. I am also excited to announce that the district has launched its Parent University Portal. This can be accessed via the district website under online learning and provides a myriad of topics and solutions to issues in the hybrid and online digital space.


I understand that COVID has impact all of us in one way or another. Rest assured that we remain steadfast in ensuring the safety of all student and staff at Plaza. That said, WE NEED YOU! Partnering with our families is key to upholding the missing here at Plaza: Working Together, to Engage, Challenge, Inspire, and Grow.


This year we have all collectively experienced trauma with a wide range of situations that extends out to our communities and our nation as a whole. It is apparent more than ever for us to be unified.


This belief is central to our mission and our theme for 2020-21, Together We Rise.


As always, take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Plaza Week at-a-glance

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PARK HILL ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT LINE

Park Hill School District has a new Online Learning Support Line! The purpose of this support line is to help parents navigate online learning tools. This line is currently being answered at the District Office. The phone number is (816) 359-4044 and is answered 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.


We also have Park Hill Parent University for parents (link). PH Parent University helps parents access information related to online learning tools.

HIGH SCHOOL TESTING SCHEDULE

Park Hill High School will be adjusting their schedule due to testing the week of October 5th. This change of schedule will not affect your middle school student. Your middle school student's schedule will remain the same.

NWEA TESTING

Our students will continue taking our NWEA MAP Growth assessments over the next 2 Wednesdays. MAP Growth is an assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K-12 math, reading, language usage, and/or science. Plaza will be proctoring this test virtually as your student will be taking the test from home. To find out more and learn how to prepare your student for this important test, please visit our Plaza webpage on NWEA testing at Plaza (link).
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PURCHASE TRASH BAGS FROM THE PTA!

The Trash Bag Fundraiser is EXTENDED. We are taking orders online this year at: plaza-trash-bags.cheddarup.com . Please share the website on social media to your friends and tell them to put your student's name and grade in the form so you can get the trash bags to deliver to them. We are accepting orders through September 29th with trash bag pick-up dates of October 7th – October 9th. Your student should have a flyer that includes a QR code for easy access to the website as well. If you have any questions, please email plazamspta@gmail.com . Thank you for supporting our students and school this year!

CROSS COUNTRY FUNDRAISER NIGHT

Come to Chipotle at 8600 N. Boardwalk Ave on October 5th between 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm to help raise funds for Cross Country. 33% of the proceeds will be given back to the Plaza Cross Country team!
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FLU CLINIC FOR STUDENTS

The Platte County Health Department will be providing a flu clinic for ALL Middle School and High School students (in person and online) at the Congress Middle School gym on Wednesday, October 21st from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Please fill out this form (link), attach a copy of your insurance card, and return to your child's school nurse (BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us) by October 7th. Find out more information on our Park Hill website (link).

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH REMINDERS

All of our students, as well as other children in our area, will be able to eat free through the end of December, or as long as federal funding is available. Breakfast and lunch options will be offered daily to on-site students. In addition, we have two meal pickup options available for students who are learning from home, whether in Park Hill Online or on distance days of the split-mode hybrid plan.


More details on this can be found at the Park Hill District website under Menus and Nutrition.

HEALTH SCREENING REMINDERS

In an effort to keep all students and staff safe at Plaza we are asking our community to partner with us when it comes to screening. Students and staff must stay home if sick. We will give families and staff members a card with these symptoms, so our Park Hill family can screen for illness before coming to school and work each day:

  • Fever
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fever is 100.4 F or greater.
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell


All members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill.

1ST QUARTER INTRAMURALS

Our only intramural 1st quarter will be Homework Helper, which will be a Zoom meeting with a teacher on Tuesday and Thursday nights from Sept. 15th through Oct. 15th. The information below says the name and specialty of each teacher, but you do not have to wait for a particular teacher to ask for help. If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Smith at smithd@parkhill.k12.mo


Homework Helper on Zoom


  • Tuesdays: Aaron Bartch/Social Studies 5 pm-6pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/94929447360?pwd=bjgyOFlvZWdzMll3YXEycVVkM1B3dz09



  • Tuesdays: Rylee Barker/Lang. Arts 6 pm -7 pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/95719614475?pwd=aThHci9kN24zblpBc1YxaFpiTnVKUT09



  • Tuesdays: Charley Buckner/Math 7 pm -8 pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/95095016575?pwd=M2Q2dkJYb3V3SnpzV29LSVp1eGZvdz09


  • Thursdays: Rylee Barker/Lang. Arts 5 pm -6 pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/95606406888?pwd=UE8vWGhTQjhyMmlTdDJOOW9UQmo1UT09



  • Thursdays: Hannah Davis/Science 6 pm-7 pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/97157064269?pwd=MXpRbU54cWZjZ2VPaUtVcDYrc2xlUT09



  • Thursdays: Charley Buckner/Math 7 pm -8 pm

https://parkhillschools.zoom.us/j/95095016575?pwd=M2Q2dkJYb3V3SnpzV29LSVp1eGZvdz09

PURCHASE YOUR 2020-21 PLAZA YEARBOOK!

Please visit jostensyearbooks.com (link) to purchase your 2020-21 Plaza yearbook for a limited time price of $20.00! This special offer is only good through Sunday, September 27th!
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PLAZA SPORTS SPECTATOR PROCEDURES

It is important that the Plaza community understand our procedures and expectations for spectators in order to ensure the safety of everyone.


Please review our procedures can be found our website under the activities tab.

LIBRARY NEWS

Media Center News

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the library soon! Below is some useful information regarding special library protocols due to COVID.


Student Checkout:


  • Students can check out 2 physical books and 3 digital books at a time.
  • Lending periods have been adjusted to 3 weeks due to the hybrid schedule.
  • Students may place holds on 2 books that are IN and 2 books that are OUT at a time in Destiny.
  • Books on hold will be checked out to a student and delivered to reading teachers daily.
  • Students should not be coming to the library with a pass as we will deliver holds and pick up returns daily but may come due to special circumstances at the teacher’s discretion.
  • When library staff delivers new library books, we will also pick up returned books.
  • Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours BEFORE being checked in therefore students may have 4 books on your account until the 72 hour quarantine period has passed.
  • Please do not use disinfectants on library books or other materials that you borrow as this may damage books.


Visiting The Library:

  • Masks are required in the library for visiting classes.
  • We have designated entrance and exit doors. Please refer to the posted signs.
  • Students MUST use hand sanitizer upon entering AND exiting the library.
  • Students who cannot use hand sanitizer due to health reasons and need to look for a book on the shelves, will place books they touched and decided not to check out, in that day’s quarantine box.


Online Only Students:

  • Online students will receive an email when their hold is available.
  • If a student’s checkout limits have been reached at the time a hold becomes available, a library staff member will alert the students via email to return their current books when picking up new holds.
  • Online students will be able to pick up their holds placed through Destiny on Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 2:00pm and on Fridays from 9:00am - 11:00am at the entrance of the school. They may also drop off books at this time.
  • Holds will be placed in a bag with student names.
  • Online students who come to Plaza for exploratory classes, such as band and orchestra, may also return books in the library and pick up held books as needed.
  • Students may NOT pick up books for any other student.


Please stop by the Plaza Media page for useful information and tutorials.


See you soon!

Mrs. Rigos

SOCIAL WORK NEWS

The Park Hill Clothing Center would like to thank all of the families who have contributed to our facility. For anyone not familiar with the clothing center there is more information here: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/pta_clothing_center


There have been some changes due to Covid-19. The biggest change is that we must limit the number of people in the building. Therefore if you need to “shop” (the clothes are free) please sign up for a time slot using the link above. Please contact our social worker Ashley Shroyer at (816) 359-4210 for a verification letter to show to the clothing center.


Volunteers are greatly needed! We have been fortunate to have received numerous donations, however we’ve had a difficult time hanging up all of the incoming clothes with very few volunteers. If anyone has 1-2 hours to contribute we would greatly appreciate it. The above link also has a link for volunteers. New dates are periodically added so keep checking back.

Thank you for all of your help!


-The Park Hill Clothing Center

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JOIN PTA!

Join the Plaza PTA and help give back to your community and teachers! You can choose an individual membership for only $15.00, or a business membership for $50.00. Your membership will help support your students, your community and your Plaza teachers! To learn more or to join, simply fill out the PTA request form (link) today!

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com

Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Fundraising: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

2020-21 PTA meeting dates

2020-21 PTA MEETING DATES

All PTA Meetings will be held virtually 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the following Monday evenings (unless noted):

Monday, October 5

Monday, November 2

Monday, December 7

Monday, January 4

Monday, February 1

Monday, March 1

Monday, April 5

Monday, May 3


Logon to Zoom to join the PTA meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9900896808?pwd=U1FaZG5jT3VKM3lObjh2alBmWHF1UT09

Meeting id: 990 089 6808

Passcode: 9663

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Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


Week two is in the books! I am proud of how students and staff has adjusted to adversity at the beginning of the school year. This is a testament to the grit displayed and how Tigers will react to future challenges.


It was also the first week where we had a virtual day. Our staff and students were engaged in synchronous and asynchronous work throughout the building and in your homes. As a reminder, learning will be broken into weekly "chunks" starting on Wednesday and ending the following Tuesday. New content should be loaded every Wednesday for the new week.


Week two also saw the beginning of our fall sports and activities as well as our homework helper intramural. Please see information below to take full advantage of what additional academic support Plaza has to offer.


As week three approaches, we encounter new events such as NWEA testing and some of our first home sporting events. Please review our information online NWEA testing the coming Wednesdays as well as our protocols on athletic events at Plaza.


Hard to believe that we are already knocking on the door of October. With that said, time waits on no one, let's make the most of it!


Take care of yourself and each other.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We were so blessed to have the opportunity to begin our school year at Plaza. We had a strong start of the week and look forward to serving the community for the rest of the school year. My hope is that as students returned to you, they had fond stories of their first days back in the building.


If you had issues with technology or the user interface please reach out to the building or your students Life Ed. teacher in order to ensure your learner is on the right path for success.


We have collectively experienced something that no one has ever been through. It is through our commitment to each other that we will prevail. We will continue to improve each and everyday.


Remember to be patient with yourself and one another. Remember to have grace. Remember to have fun!


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers


Together We Rise


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal.

Good day Tiger Nation,


Over the past several weeks, Plaza Middle School staff has been preparing for students to walk through its doors both physically and virtually. We have utilized professional development time to establish safety protocols and well as develop enriching content for our Tigers in the hybrid and virtual modality. Traditional school will look different this year, however what will not change is the commitment to our community and ALL students in Tiger Nation. We know and accept that this year will have its trials and tribulations, but how we deal with this adversity collectively will truly set us apart.


This resilience in our young people inspires us and drives our work, our mission, and our 2020-21 theme: Together We Rise.


Please read the following information below as it contains critical information on laptop distribution, material pick ups for our virtual students, and our virtual family orientation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

8/14/2020

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


During these times of uncertainty, it often feels as if we are on a roller coaster full of changes. It is important to remember that as we embark on this journey into the unknown, as a collective our resolve at Plaza remains student centered and student focused.


Here at Plaza we have been working throughout the summer to ensure a safe and caring environment for staff and students as we welcome them back for the 2020-21 school year. It will indeed be memorable for everyone. I know there are a number of questions that families have regarding academics and COVID-19 protocols. Parents will be receiving additional information on August 17th.


A few other important dates include:

- August 24th (Team names will be released to families who have completed their OLV)

- September 2nd (Virtual family Orientation)



What a time to be alive. What a great time to be a Tiger!


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

VIRTUAL FAMILY ORIENTATION NIGHT

TIME: 6 pm

INFO: WE WILL COVER ALL THINGS PLAZA FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/user/PlazaTigers

SCHEDULES WILL BE RELEASED ON 9/2 AFTER 4 PM

SIXTH-GRADE ORIENTATION


Sixth-grade orientation is August 13!


We are hosting this student-only event starting at 7:15 a.m. on August 13. Your child will have an opportunity to meet their WEB Leader, try out their new locker and test out their bus routes. The event will end at 10.45 a.m.


Check out our Plaza website (link) to learn more about the day and to RSVP.


If you have any questions, please contact our office at (816) 359-4210.

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Sixth-Grade Orientation

6th GRADE ORIENTATION

We had a successful 6th grade orientation morning on Thursday! We look forward to having these 6th graders back in the building soon!

PLAZA'S REOPENING PLAN & 5 PILLARS OF INFECTION CONTROL

Please visit our Plaza web page (link) for information on Plaza's Re-opening plan and infection control for this 2020-21 school year:


Plaza Re-opening Plan for 2020-21 school year (pdf link)


Plaza's COVID-19 Operations Plan-Five Pillars of Infection Control Matrix (pdf link)

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TEXT MESSAGING FROM PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL

On August 19, you will receive this message from the number 67587:


“Plaza alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt”


Once you’ve opted in, you will receive this message:


“You're registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply. msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt”


To update your cell phone number, you will:

1. Log into “Campus Parent”

2. Select “More” from the left menu

3. Click “Family Info” and find your name

4. Click “Update”

5. Enter the cell phone you wish to receive text messages


Please note that only guardians can receive district text messages.

Be on the lookout for a message from 67587 on August 19, and be sure to reply “Y” or “Yes” so you can begin receiving our text messages!

ATHLETICS AT PLAZA

Please visit our Plaza Athletics Activities web page for all updated information on Football, Volleyball and Cross Country this year! https://plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us/activities


All game schedules are posted on each athletic activity's page.

YEARBOOK PICK UP

If you need to pick up last school year's year book, it's not too late! Please call the front office and we can bring it out to you!
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VIRTUAL STUDENTS ITEM PICK UP

Virtual Students: Item pick up

We will hold an item pick up for all of our virtual students on September 3rd and 4th. Virtual families will need to sign-up online to pick up several items for the school year. These items include their AVID binder, planner, lanyard, and other course specific items. *Please note this is in addition to the Laptop Distribution information the district sent out last week*


Below you will find the link for particular time windows to come up to the school and gather your items. If you cannot access the sign-up document, please call the office and we will get you on the schedule.

The times for pick-up are as follows:


Please sign up for a time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4AABA72CA02-item


Thursday, September 3rd:

  • 8 am – 3 pm
  • 5 pm – 6:30 pm **MORE SIGN UP SLOTS HAVE BEEN ADDED FOR THIS EVENING TIME SLOT**


Friday, September 4th:

  • 8 am – 3 pm

TECHNOLOGY PICK UP FOR ONLINE LEARNING

It is time for all students to pick up his/her district-issued laptop for the upcoming school year. This year we are distributing middle and high school student laptops prior to the first day of school so that every 6th-12th grade student, virtual or in person, can begin learning on day one.


Your student can sign up to pick up their laptop between August 24 and September 4 at either Park Hill High School or Park Hill South High School. The process should take no longer than 10 minutes. No laptops will be issued without a signup at least 48 business hours prior to the appointment.


Step 1: Choose a location to pick up the laptop.

1. Park Hill High School

2. Park Hill South High School


Step 2: Sign up using the link for that location (above). Important things to note:

1. You must sign up at least 48 business hours before your pickup day to ensure the student’s laptop is ready.

2. For families with multiple students – you must enter a separate sign up for each student to ensure a device is ready for each student.


Step 3: Pick up the laptop on your assigned day and time.

1. Students are required to enter the school building alone to help with social distancing. Parents and siblings will not be allowed except for special circumstances.

2. Face masks are required.

3. Please keep a six-foot distance from others when possible.

4. View the attached maps for parking and entrance information.

5. The process should take no longer than 10 minutes.

If your student still has their laptop from the spring, internet access has been disabled and it should be returned to your school building as soon as possible. If your student fails to return this device or pick up their new device before school starts, we cannot guarantee they will have a device ready for the first week of school.


If you have any questions about your appointment, please contact the Department of Technology at 816-359-5000 Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL SPIRIT WEAR

Visit our Plaza Volleyball Spirit wear site! Show your support for our Plaza volleyball team by purchasing volleyball spirit wear today! All orders must be made online by Wednesday, September 9th.


https://plazamsvb.itemorder.com/sale
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Hello Plaza Families!


This message is for incoming 8th graders for 2020-2021 school year:


This is just a friendly reminder that we need updated immunizations that include (TDap and Meningicoccal) before school starts. If we do not have immunizations updated, unfortunately your student will not be able to start school until immunizations are compliant. Feel free to send immunization records to my email at BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us.


Thanks in advance!


Miechele Berkley, RN

phone: 816-359-4214

fax: 816-359-4219

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we are nearing the beginning of the new school year. A physician must fill out all Food Allergy Action Plans each school year.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you need a copy of our Food Allergy Action Plan, please let me know. It has been my pleasure taking care of your student’s health needs while at Plaza Middle School. Please stay healthy and safe.


Warmest Regards,


Miechele Berkley, RN

Plaza Middle School

816-359-4214

PARK HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT (PER BOARD POLICY JHA) CONTINUES TO OFFER ALL FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENROLL THEIR STUDENT(S) (PRE-K THROUGH 12TH) IN A LOW COST, DISTRICT APPROVED INSURANCE PROGRAM.

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SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH

Students - please wear purple and teal Thursday, September 17th & Friday, September 18th to raise awareness of suicide awareness month. You are not alone!
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